00:30 - Apothecary Yeah, I'm not even going to complain about the originality factor here. So few bands emulate VBN and Aluk Todolo that those who do are all the better, in my book
00:27 - !J.O.O.E.! Yeah there's no way they could ever lie about their influences. I thought it was going to be a disappointing day for discoveries, but that was the last thing I checked on. Hopefully they'll get added to the site some point.
00:25 - Apothecary This sounds so much like Ved Buens Ende (esp. dat second track) I'm almost tempted to believe it IS Czral on guitar/vocal duty, albeit in disguise. Wow. Great find
Additional info 2LP version released by Southern Lord in June 2007 with what they call "Velvet Jacket", the jacket made of Velvet with the logo in black foil for Northsuite and silver foil for Genevieve. Limited to 1500 copies, 500 being marble-purple.
Black Metal is a genre that, despite popular belief, is not completely impervious to trends. One of the bands that painfully proved that is the American Velvet Cacoon. Within very little time, they became one of the most controversial and notorious Black Metal bands in the scene. An endless amount of rumours about drug-abuse, the "diesel harp" guitar, the stolen music and their political ideas turned almost every forum in a playground for giddy little kids, expressing their love or disgust for the band. And about a year later, it all turned out to be one big hoax. But what a brilliantly played, painfully reflective hoax it was.
I miss the good old days when Velvet Cacoon span their web of bullshit and fakery. Also discovered this band thanks to them "ripping" off their music (bit of a coincidence they're both from Portland, eh).